Metta World Peace doesn’t think anybody should be suspended after Lakers-Rockets altercation
Former Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace has experience with heated NBA altercations. He was the spark that ignited the infamous Malice in the Palace, and he was given the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history. He sat out 86 games for his part in sparking the infamous melee.
So if nothing else, World Peace knows what it’s like to wait for a suspension. Of course, the Lakers-Rockets incident between Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo — which was kicked off by Brandon Ingram — isn’t even close to what happened in Detroit.
“I hope everyone doesn’t get fined,” World Peace told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
“It was a fight. It was unfortunate. The first time they’ve ever thrown punches. They shouldn’t do it. … It happened. I’ve never seen them fight before. It was the first time. I don’t think anyone should be suspended.”
When asked about the infamous incident, World Peace said, “I don’t even remember that. Good Lord. It was so long ago.”
The league is in a much different place now. Fist fights and brawls are mainly a thing of the past. Some yearn for the old school days where fists would fly at the drop of the hat. But the league isn’t the same it was in the ’80s, ’90s, or even 2000s.
All three players are likely to be suspended, but it’s still unclear for how long. Ingram and Rondo may end up bearing the brunt of the punishment, which would be bad news for the Lakers, but Paul will likely see a suspension as well.
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